Kansas is renewing the Frail Elderly (FE) waiver with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) invites you to review the draft waiver and provide feedback.
The Legislature comes back after Spring Break on May 1st. They did not finalize their Mega Budget bill yet. So the increase to the Protected Income Level is not final till this is done. We want to thank the Conference Committee members, the Bethell HCBS & KanCare Oversight Committee members, and the Governor. It is important that they hear from us to help that happen.
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Mattel’s Barbie is branching out to now include dolls with disabilities.
Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Gardner (R-CO) introduced the John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act (S. 724) earlier this month, and while the text is not available, the press release says it would impose across-the-board, seven-day limits on opioid prescriptions for acute pain nationwide. This bill is yet another example of aggressive reductions in opioid prescribing that would have unintended, but by now predictable, results for people with serious acute, episodic, and chronic pain. As an organization that represents people with disabilities across the country, many who live with such pain, the National Council on Independent Living opposes this bill.
There’s a new word floating around that is being used to help describe people on the Autism spectrum. Neurodiversity is being pushed to describe developmental differences in children and adults. The hope is that by relabeling those on the Autism spectrum it will level the playing field and create a wider range of acceptance further changing the negative, debilitating stigma often associated with autism.
Please take the Dickinson County Public Transportation Survey exploring the possibility of developing an experimental fixed route bus service. The proposed route would connect Salina, Abilene, Chapman, Junction City and Manhattan along Interstate 70.
The purpose of this survey is to gain insight into the needs and wants of citizens. Because the bus route is in the early planning stages, public input is crucial to establishing a bus system that addresses the needs of the residents, as well as the region as a whole.
The summary shows highlights of the 2018 KS Disability Caucus held in Topeka last August.